October 21, 2008

Netbeans turns 10!

Netbeans (everyone's favourite Java IDE) is now 10 years old! Amazing.

(A Java IDE is an Integrated Development Environment. Basically Netbeans is the thing I use to write, test and debug Java projects.)

I started using Netbeans when I started on Maprequest (an open source project for producing georeferenced maps for Ozi Explorer from web based maps). Now I fight on with Netbeans in an Eclipse heavy environment at work.

I think one of the best things about Netbeans is its support for Maven 2 projects. In an environment where the standard build system is Maven 2 (and where the continuous integration platform uses Maven 2) it's good to be able to have real Maven running inside Netbeans. That way you know that what you have running in your IDE is the same as what your continuous integration is going to run.

I try to be polite, but it's hard not to boast about Netbeans' great svn support when talking to people struggling with Eclipse. It's great that ClearCase support is back again too!


Yellek said...

You can't have been actually using NetBeans for all those years. I remember how clunky NetBeans 3.6 was and how it used to randomly reorder the sections in its plethora of XML config files stored within your project directory structure which made it a nightmare for putting things in source control. I'm sure it has improved since then but going from NetBeans 3.6 to IntelliJ IDEA was like going from sleeping in a cheap motel in another timezone to home in your own bed.

Seriously the SVN support in Eclipse hasn't been any problem at all for us and the Hibernate tools are a good reason for us to stay. If we were going to do any Swing development then we would be using NetBeans for that though. The best IDE for the job I say and use multiple IDE's where it makes sense.

Eb said...

I have probably only used it since 4.2. Before that I used JBuilder. (Remember JBuilder?)

Yellek said...

I remember JBuilder, I remember writing an email entitled "Things I Hate About JBuilder" to their marketing department and them getting a visit from one of their sales people who tried to convince our organization that $6000 per seat was so much better than getting Eclipse (or JDeveloper for that matter) for free. Of course the guys on the Java Posse go on about the glory days of JBuilder but they never had to pay for it.

Hecta said...

you are a geek

Eb said...

This reminds me of a haiku from a while back:

Hark! Keyboard abuse,
loud and prolific swearing.
JBuilder user.